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Keily, the Bookworm Part-25

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

As Keily’s dissertation was coming to an end, she discussed with Shakhil on the phone if searching for jobs was on his mind.

“Where do you intend to work? In Industry or Academia? Both my friends, Lucy and Grace preferred Industry. But I prefer Academia.”

“Very well. Why don’t you start sending out resumes and cover letters to the various universities? As for me, I prefer to work in the industry and will soon start applying."

“Which state do you prefer? Both my friends went to California. I would like to try California as well. Why don’t you try for Los Angeles, California? I have the University of California, Los Angeles in mind.”

“Good. As for me, I am undecided about which state to try. But since you say, I will try Los Angeles, California. I have a special interest in the Microsoft branch office there.”

Keily said, “I have re-revised your dissertation. I think it is free from grammatical errors and faulty sentence structures. I have proofread mine too for the last time and will soon go for binding it.”

Shakhil asked, “Did you email me the final version of my thesis?”

Keily said promptly, “Oh yes! You will find it in your email inbox.”

Shakhil said, “Thank you so much. You are one good real friend.”

Keily updated her resume and sent it along with a cover letter to the University of California, Los Angeles. She tried a few other universities too but the first one was her real target.

Then she went out to Dr. Mili’s lab to get print copies of her thesis and next, she put in the order to bind five sets at the relevant shop.

After that, she went to the grocery complex. She felt happy and free. She sang in her mind and took the shuttle ride back to her apartment.

The next day in the late afternoon while she was checking her email, she was surprised to find a reply from the University of California, Los Angeles. It asked on a positive note if she could give a presentation of her thesis work at their university. They would like to look at her work and then interview her at a later date to find out if she was eligible for Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department.

Keily jumped up in joy. She dialled Shakhil’s number to give him the news. She had a contract with the Apartments office one more month. So if she could settle her job within the time duration, it would be great.

She knew she had to fly to California to give the presentation. Her dissertation defense was one week later. She wanted to finish that and then handle the presentation in LA.

“Calm down”, said Shakhil. “I know it’s natural for you to be excited. I have also applied for the Microsoft branch office in Los Angeles. But I haven’t got a reply yet. Like you, my apartment’s contract is valid until next month. Do you want me to accompany you to LA?”

“Let me think”, said Keily. “I will let you know in a day or two.”

As she prepared slides for her dissertation defense, secretly she also felt compelled to prepare another simpler version of her presentation that would be appropriate for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

As her defense day was nearing, Keily stopped by Shakhil’s apartment to show him the presentation slides if he had any comments or suggestions. Shakhil beautified the slides by adding artistic features and more sophistication. Keily was happy with the final output.

Finally, her defense day arrived. She had invited Shakhil to be present at the event. She began slowly in an audible voice, becoming confident and narrating briefly each slide. In 45 minutes she was done, and everyone clapped. Dr. Mili was happy with her performance and her slides. The other committee members asked a few questions, and Keily answered them all boldly and knowingly.

Next, it was Shakhil’s turn to defend his dissertation three days later. His presentation slides were wonderfully full of animation. He presented logically, rationally and intelligently. There was loud applause. Keily cheered too. A Question and Answer phase followed. Shakhil was able to make a good impression on his committee members.

After he came out of the complex, he told Keily that he had good news. “What is it, Shakhil?” asked Keily.

Shakhil took her by the legs and lifted her and moved in circles in extreme joy.

“Put me down, Shakhil. I understand you got the interview at LA Microsoft branch office, isn’t it?”

Shakhil replied laughing, “You are quick-witted. That is the reason I am doubly happy today.”

“Okay, okay”, laughed Keily heartily.

Meanwhile, UCLA had given a date for Keily’s presentation in the first week of the next month, June. Accordingly, she started preparing for it.

The graduation ceremony was at the end of the month (May). Keily and Shakhil both would be attending it. It would be full of fun. Only Grace and Lucy would not be there.

The day arrived. Keily and Shakil’s batchmates all attended the day’s ceremony.

They were conferred upon their Ph.D. degrees, and there were speeches after speeches. Finally, it was time to photograph and enjoy food.

Keily was very happy. It was a dream of her to have a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and work in academia. Everything was falling into place. And she couldn’t have been merrier.

When the presentation day at UCLA arrived, Shakhil accompanied Keily to reach there. She gave the presentation lucidly and brilliantly. She had all the higher-ups' approval. They promised they would contact her by email.

Shakhil’s interview at LA was one week ahead. He planned to look for an apartment then at a reasonable rent after his interview. He thought of roaming about a little bit to find good apartments. He kept it a secret from Keily.

To Be Continued …

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Rosina S Khan (author) on September 07, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada, for taking out the time to read and comment on this part. Yes, Keily and Shakhil are starting to be more than just friends. Stay tuned until the next part. I appreciate your lovely comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 07, 2020:

Good continuation of the story of Keily, both in academics and in personal life.

I believe that both Keily and Shakhil have many things in common, and this may be a start to a good friendship and relationship.

Thanks for sharing another chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 07, 2020:

Yes, that's exactly what is on the guy's mind, but he didn't tell the girl yet. Stay tuned until the next part to find out what happens next. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 07, 2020:

I like happy endings to hard work. So good that they both succeeded. Now to find a good residence!

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 05, 2020:

Thank you, Lora for enjoying this part and especially the new developments in this part. A romance could be in store. Stay tuned, and let's keep our fingers crossed. Thank you for your generous and insightful comments. I truly appreciate them.

Lora Hollings on September 05, 2020:

It's great that Keily and Shakhil have so much in common and they seem to be so well-suited to each other. I think their relationship is becoming more than just friends and a romance is in store for them. I like your new developments in Keily's life. I really enjoyed this chapter. Well done, Rosina!

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 03, 2020:

I am glad, Peggy, this episode brought a smile to your face. Yes, all of Keily's dreams are coming true, which she deserves because she worked hard and persevered. A romance could be ahead. Let's hope for the very best. Stay tuned. Thank you for your kind and joyful comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2020:

This episode of Keily's story had me smiling. Everything seems to be progressing nicely, and her dreams are coming true. I predict a romance ahead and will look forward to the next chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 03, 2020:

Yes, Pamela, Keily's future is bright, and she herself is responsible for it. Her relationship with Shakhil will probably strengthen. Let's hope for the best and keep our fingers crossed. Stay tuned. Thank you for your kind and positive comments.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 03, 2020:

Yes, Keily is an extremely lucky girl and with her talent and virtuous qualities she makes it double luck for her. She is a rare person too. Thanks, Bill, for calling it a feel-good story. Stay tuned.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2020:

It seems all of Kelly's and work has paid off. Her future is bright regardless of Shakhil's. However, I think they will probaby have a strengthening of their relationship but she will be fine.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 03, 2020:

This young lady is on an incredible string of good fortune. I hope it continues for her, yes? This is a feel-good story through and through.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 03, 2020:

Fran, I think you got the story I wanted to portray in this part. And that makes me really happy. Yes, everything is going good for Keily much like a dream. Stay tuned. Thank you for your gorgeous comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on September 03, 2020:

Rosina, great job! How wonderful after so much hard work her Ph.D., awarded, the job interview, and with Shakhill at her side things are going great.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 03, 2020:

John, your comment made me smile. Like you said, let's hope the burgeoning relationship remains strong. Let's keep our fingers crossed and stay tuned until the next part(s). Thank you for reading and your meaningful comments.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 03, 2020:

Another good chapter inKeily’s story. He is succeeding at everything she attempts. Let’s hope her relationship with Shakhil remains strong.

Rosina S Khan (author) on September 03, 2020:

Yes, Keily's father would have been very proud of her achievements. I am glad to know this was your favorite part so far. Stay tuned until the next part(s). Thank you, Lorna, for your kind and gracious comments.

Lorna Lamon on September 03, 2020:

Such a wonderful achievement for Keily and I have enjoyed watching her progress through the various stages of her academic life. Her father would have been so proud of her.

I'm delighted that Shakhil has also qualified and they will be working in the same state. Everything is falling into place for Keily and she has worked hard to achieve her goals. She is so deserving.

I think this has been my favourite chapter so far Rosina. Great writing.

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